Eroded Metallic Leaf Fragments

The Sizzix/Tim Holtz "Leaf Fragments" die is the star of the show here. I took a piece of Distress Mixed Media Heavy Stock paper and Distress Paints and followed Tim Holtz's YouTube demo for his Eroded Metallic technique. I saw it 2x, I think once was for the Distress Paint demo, the other time for the Salvaged Patina color reveal. It's hard to explain, much easier to watch the demo, but here's the steps in a nutshell: cover the paper with Distress Paint shades that would mimic patina (mostly greens and blues), let it dry. Then take Antique Bronze Distress Paint and quickly cover the dried paint. Splatter water on top of the paint, some areas with no water, some with more, some with less. Using a heat tool, set the dry areas a bit. Take a paper towel and quickly press into the paper, peel off. Some of the Bronze paint will be pulled off, some with stay, looking like eroded metal.

I die cut the leaf, then gold heat embossed the Choose to Shine sentiment from Tiny Text. I ran a little Black Soot Distress Crayon over the sentiment to make it stand out.
I used the Tim Holtz Shaping tools to give the leaf a bit of dimension.

 The background is cream cardstock run embossed with the Sizzix/Tim Holtz 3D Foliage folder. I took an embossing pad and lightly ran it over the paper, hitting the raised areas, poured gold embossing powder over the entire front and tapped off the excess and heated it. 

I didn't have a sheet of evergreen cardstock to mat the panel so I ink blended the edge of the mat with Rustic Wilderness Distress Ink, I think the color is perfect with the gold and brings out the bit of green on the leaf.

I popped up the leaf with pop dots, cut to fit. I think the dimension from the shaping tools really make a big difference. The extra details make a card special.

I think this card is perfect for a (my) college student heading back to in person class after a year studying remotely.

I'm entering this card into 'De-stress with distressing' challenge on the Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge.

I hope you like my card, have a wonderful day.

If you want to see more of my work, I post nearly daily @susanbcards on Instagram.


  1. Beautiful card! I love the touches of gold on the Sizzix Embossing folder and the gorgeous distressed leaf. Thank you for joining the Funkie Junkie challenge!

  2. Oh my gosh Susan! This is so gorgeous with the embossing on the leaf! I absolutely love it. I was playing with this set last night and inspired to have another go after seeing your beautiful post. xx, Autumn


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